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  (Source: rnw.nl)
Europe's antitrust chief accused Google of diverting traffic

Google may have gotten off pretty easy with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) earlier this month, but it doesn't look like the European antitrust authorities will let Google go with a warning and a slap on the wrist.

Joaquin Almunia, Europe's antitrust chief, recently said that Google is providing search results that promote its own services instead of fairly showing those of competitors.

"We are still investigating, but my conviction is [Google] are diverting traffic," said Almunia. "They are monetising this kind of business, the strong position they have in the general search market and this is not only a dominant position, I think -- I fear -- there is an abuse of this dominant position."

Almunia added that he agreed with the FTC's recent decision to force Google to change its business practices, but the EU's punishment at the investigation's conclusion will "not be weaker."

Google could have to pay the EU a fine as high as 10 percent of its global annual turnover, which would be about $3.79 billion.

Earlier this month, Google managed to escape a nearly two-year U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation without paying any fines. Instead of paying fines, the FTC made Google promise that it would stop scraping reviews and information from other websites, stop requesting sales bans when suing companies for patent infringement and allow advertisers to export data in order to evaluate advertising campaigns.

The decision to not fine Google after such a long investigation surprised many rival companies like Microsoft and Nextag, who believe Google won't learn its lesson unless there are severe consequences.


Source: ZDNet



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RE: I don't get it
By bug77 on 1/11/2013 1:22:55 PM , Rating: 2
That is not true, it is not bad for businesses.

If I see a snippet of the result, I can pick what I think is the right answer and open that page. Now, If I didn't actually open each and every link Google returned, that doesn't mean the other websites lost traffic. It means I was able to easily find what I was looking for. Otherwise we could just go back to archie and gopher.


RE: I don't get it
By someguy123 on 1/12/2013 12:02:27 AM , Rating: 2
Scraping a webpage doesn't necessary mean google will link people to it. They could simply compile that data for themselves and offer it in one of their services.


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